“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go, it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”
Alice Swaim (born Mackenzie, in Scotland 1911-1996). Her parents were intellectual she lived a life, according to her husband’s words, in “a cultural environment extraordinaire . . . traveling in Europe . . . studying the cities, cathedrals and museums.” At age l7, the family emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Alice’s father preached at the Western Theological Seminary and later at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Alice married William T. Swaim, a student of her father.
Although Alice’s poetic career did not begin until she was about 36 years of age, she became world renowned, earning prestigious awards such as Poet-Laureate of the Sonnet and Scottish-American Poet-Laureate She received more than 800 poetry awards, was recognized in approximately 35 Who’s Who’s, including The World’s Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who of American Women and International Who’s Who in Poetry. It has been reported that she published more than 8000 poems.
Alice Swaim’s poetry is universal, timeless, extraordinary. One of her books is called A Poet for All Ages.
Art by Arthur Loureiro painting.